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. they think that would send a long term message that could take years to fix. >> south america is so important. >> everything about this trip has to do with trade and economics. you're going hear the president try to talk about jobs as much as anything. strengthening this relationship with brazil and chile in particular is one of the focal points here. all of the run up has been up to how america can increase its exports to the rest of latin america. so that's the focus. the president clearly is having to multitask here. >> from the president on libya. >>> and what's the reaction right now? what have you seen or heard of anything in terms of aircraft. >> planes are flying way up there. they will be flying, taking information, and gathering information on a lot of different provinces across the country. they're looking at clusters of war planes, if you will. and they are also looking at communications. revoke us immediately to come to the next press conference. this is where gadhafi's headquarters is. he didn't want to wait for the end of the warning to react. and that tells us that finally, pe
crisis in libya demands america's attention. >> the united states should not and cannot intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world. but i firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized, when someone like gadhafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize a national region, then it's in our national interest to act. >> nbc's mike viqueira is our national correspondent on alex. >> what prompted the president to speak out on monday? >> after criticism from the left and the right, democrats and republicans here in washington. the president is suffering from two perceptions here, alex. first, this came very suddenly. usually when americans start to see tomahawks flying off or airplanes in flight drops dropping smart bombs, it comes after weeks if not months of debate. there was no such -- there was no such action. secretary of state hillary clinton was in paris last weekend for a summit. no one was really expecting anything to happen right at that moment. but just as those leaders were sitting down, french war planes were in the air and the white house said
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the potential slaughter of civilians in libya would make the world a more dangerous place for america. >> the united states should not and cannot intervene every time there is a crisis every time there is a crisis in the world. but i firmly believe that when innocent people are being brute alized. when gadhafi threatens a blood bath that could destabilize an entire region it is in our best interest to act. >> good saturday morning to you, mike. what's in story? >> you know, part of the prop here is the white house spokesman acknowledged that when the international coalition was joined, all the i's had not been dotted or the t's crossed. as robert gates said it a couple of days before that, this is largely being done on the fly. you have heard the president say if the coalition did not ablgt when it did beginning a week ago today, then thousands of libyans would have been killed and fl would have been a humanitarian crisis that would have destabilized the region. that is why it is in the national security interest of the united states. there is a dichotomy, a di ver jens between the st
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on in america some we have money for endless wars and we can't take care of things at home. >> if you so disagree with the president's leadership on this, could you introduce a bill under the 1973 war powers act if it's passed, it would force u.s. forces to withdrawal from that conflict within 60 days unless the president comes to congress and getting approval. why not take that formal action? >> you know, there's a question as to whether the war powers abilities is even constitutional in that it does limit congress' express authority under article 1, section 8. and so we go 60 days down the road. we're in deeper in a war. if you don't have recognition that congress is a co-equal branch of government here, that congress has the first say as to whether or not we commit people to war, if you don't recognize that, then what we've done is we've set america on the path of even more adventurism, there are problems all over the world, yemen, bahrain, where there's conflict between 2k3w0e67govern people. if we keep intervening, we'll destroy our own nation. >> it's good of you to join me. thank
a failure. meanwhile, the legal black hole has substantially set back america's ability to lead the world against the threat of terrorism and undermined our most basic values. so, make no mistake, we are less safe because the way george bush has handled this issue. >> this latest development sets the stage for the prosecution of several 9/11 suspects including alleged master mere khalid shaikh mohammed, but the questions remain, can the u.s. realistically try terror suspects and close down the prison at the same time. richard wolffe is at the white house with the latest on this. let's start with why the reversal on the president's position here. >> reporter: well, this reversal has been in the work x for a couple of years now and it starts up with the politics of it. they turned against this president early in his term when democrats joined with republicans to cut off funding to transfer prisoners to a high security prison likely to be illinois, but once the politics changed and we saw it with the recent defense spending bill there was no physical way or a practical way they could really
there, very rapidly america is going to take up this leadership position that comes in part from a coincidence that happens because the united states is now chairing the asia-pacific group, the apec group of countries so there's a leadership role that will america is going to take on anyway because it's an asia-pacific leader. there are those deep concerns that what we've seen in terms of job growth would get stalled by the third largest economy in the world struggling. >> we continue to watch the escalating crisis going on there considering the nuclear power plant, the crippled nuclear power plant. i want to touch on with you americans in japan. what is the state department saying about any evacuations and working with the families who have questions here at home? >> there is consular work where they're trying to reach out to americans in japan, but there isn't talk of evacuations for now. remember, there is also the politics here of how america is seen by japanese officials as a very, very close ally. no closer ally to order evacuations or recommend evacuations at this stage wo
, the united states of america if you -- the problem is getting into this whole thing and how -- i know how we get in and how you start attacking even tank. as jack jacobs and dan have said, once you start doing that, you're talking about american air power because only we have the capability to do all this stuff and to do it quick. but the question is, are we then going to fight the war and, quite frankly, i believe if you go in that way, you've -- and o allies who are involved in this coalition, would they need to get in on the ground? >> okay, it may have been enough a month ago. i suspect if the no-fly zone had been started, particularly if the u.s. would have been involved, we would have seen cad's forces melt away -- gadhafi's forces melt away. nobody wants to die for him particularly. and now that the offense sieve coming close to victory, it may not be enough. in which case even if you're using air power to strike ground targets, you have to go in low. you have to take out the air defense side. you have a wider war without putting a single boot on the ground. but if that doesn't work,
tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> disaster relief from america and some 70 countries is pouring into japan, in addition to arriving with supplies, u.s. rescue teams are on the ground to search for survivors. joining me is msnbc contributor richard wolfe. we know that the white house was very quick to throw its condolenceses and also its full weight and strength to help out japan. wh what's the latest on how the white house is keeping close tabs on the growing situation? >> reporter: we heard the president talking this morning about the offer he made to the japanese prime minister for any assistance and need they need as well as the expressions of deep condolences for the loss of life. but the kind of technical expertise that has been offered in the first instance has been fairly limited. a couple of world-renowned search and rescue teams, most especially the nuclear expertise that has come from the united states as well, with a team in tokyo, some nuclear experts, of course, the secretary of energy is a nuclear physicist and noble prize winner in his own right as well. so there
're already hearing that perhaps the u.s. military is not so eager to turn this over to the coalition. america might actually be in charge of the coalition, because u.s. military traditionally has been somewhat reluctant to turn over its military forces to another commander from another country. >> what you asked about is the arab league to the reports as a result of these air strikes. the persian gulfw quietly pushes them in that direction, but when the shooting started and the u.s. got bogged down, they backed off, and there was hardly any support from the arab community after that. if this gets dicey, one of those unintended consequences that secretary gates talked about we could see some of that arab support eroding. >> okay, mick, many thanks from washington. >> you bet. >>> this is all a balancing act for president obama. the president is ticking to his schedule on the trip to latin america, but libya is still a top priority. >> make no mistake. today we are part of a brought coalition, answering the calls of a threatened people and acting in the interests of the united states and the wo
of this any time soon. >>> president obama continues his trip through latin america today, but continuing to keep his eye on the events unfolding half a world away. he tells the international community why this operation is a necessary step for america. >> this is not an outcome that the united states or any of our partners sought. we're acting as part of a coalition with partnerses prepared to meet their responsibilities to protect the people of libya and uphold the mandate of the international community. >> savanna guthrie is live. another good morning. any official reaction from the folks right there to what has happened overnight? >> reporter: not so far. the many president is actually on his way to the tour of favella, so he's sticking to the schedule, bull getting his briefings, and was briefed this morning, as he is every day on intelligence matters. he's got the national security team, that part of it traveling with him. he's in close contact with the secretary of state clinton and other security aides, but in terms of the trip he's on his way to this tour, a cultural performance
to his schedule on his trip to latin america, but libya's still a top priority, along with telling the american people why our forces are entering this conflict. nbc white house correspondent, co-host of "daily rundown," savannah guthrie is live for us in rio de janeiro this morning. savannah, another good morning to you. i know the pentagon keeping a very close watch over the libyan situation. secretary clinton's in europe in a diplomatic leadership role. who's the one getting the latest information to the president there in rio, where you are? >> reporter: well, he's got a national security team with him. tom donelan, the national security adviser, is taking the lead. ben rhodes, also a national security aide. so, they are briefing the president. he will get his briefing as he does in washington every morning, here in brazil. in fact, he has an open morning this morning and one suspects he is sitting with aides getting briefed up on the latest from libya. and he is going forward with the trib to latin america. he has a full schedule today here in rio, visiting one of the famous s
called democracy for america, which i founded, but i don't run now, which is running five recall elections, and they're running 57% to recall five republican senators who are supporting this. people really do want government to work, whether it's a democratic president or a republican governor. and to the extent governor walker refuses to compromise, it's going to make it an incredibly untenable position for republicans in wisconsin and elsewhere in 2012. >> yeah, but the public voted in the republicans in that state. now you have the senate democrats, they're all hiding out. it's been like three weeks now, to avoid a vote. aren't they holding up the legislative process? >> well, not really. the refusal -- the governor's the leader and people expect leadership out of leaders, and he's not giving it. he's being stubborn and he's got a history of that. the other thing is, most people in wisconsin, according to the polls, don't agree with the governor on the issue. so, you've got a problem. you refuse to compromise, you're not supporting what the public wants, and you're not giving
and the need to move away from fossil fuels. the faster we build an energy grid in america that we move to solar thermal, other things i think the marketplace will make that decision for us. >> senator sessions, after the gulf oil spill, after the nuclear emergency in japan, do you think the president is capable of leading a bipartisan effort to really make energy policy a priority? and to lead to some change? >> he has to do that. he has not done that. the energy department seems to be putting out more roadblocks on american energy production than actually leading in the way to produce more energy. we need more clean american energy. that is a driving force for this country right now. we're not seeing that leadership. we've got gulf oil production blocked basically by not getting permits, only two have been made since the oil spill. and we need to get moving. we simply cannot afford not to. >> i'm going to have to make that the last word. senators, thank you all very much. >>> coming up -- after almost a decade of war, the u.s. military finds itself stretched thinner by yet another con
it regrets the action being taken. we expect to hear from president obama. he is traveling in south america in brazil currently and on his way to rio de janeiro and we expect him to make a statement on libya. he may be asked if he takes questions about who is really in charge here. the pentagon may get the same question. we expect a briefing there following the president's statements from south america. we're keeping an eye on all of that right here on msnbc. stay with us. didn't taste so vegetably? well, v8 v-fusion juice gives you a full serving of vegetables, plus a full serving of fruit. but it just tastes like fruit. v8. what's your number? water, we take our showers with it. we make our coffee with it. but we rarely tap its true potential and just let it be itself. flowing freely into clean lakes, clear streams and along more fresh water coast line than any other state in the country. come realize water's true potential. dive in-to the waters of pure michigan. your trip begins at michigan.org. [ female announcer ] pads have been made with the same fluff for years. today there's always
america. we're just getting news now that the defense secretary robert gates is delaying his trip to russia because he has the situation to deal with. how prepared are we? how involved might the united states become in the action in libya? look, over the last week plans were developed, where the administration, both the president asked the pentagon to come up with plans to help enforce and assist in a no fly zone if this resolution was going to pass. they knew the wording and the question, how are we going to assist, clear, over the last couple weeks? we have moved assets into the mediterranean, naval assets in particular. so there is obviously something, a role they're going to play. we know about the logistical role and intelligence role they're playing which is the flying of the awacs planes over libya to identify targets and confirm where these folks are but the question is, are there going to be more action that u.s. military assets are going to take beyond intelligence gathering and i think we'll find out more in the next few hours. the delay of secretary gates' trip to russ
that nobody is taking advantage of working families at the pump. in addition, america is better prepared for supply disruptions than we used to be. today, we use 7% less oil than we did in 2005. even as our economy has grown since then. partly because our economy as a whole is more efficient. we're adapting. we're producing more oil and we're importing less. our automakers, for example, are manufacturing more fuel efficient cars. some that now get more than 50 miles to the gallon. and our consumers are driving more of these cars. in december, democrats and republicans came together to pass a payroll tax cut that is already helping to grow our economy and create jobs. in the wake of rising gas prices, it should also help act as a cushion for working families. this doesn't lessen our commitment to do everything we can to get gas prices down but that tax cut will total about $1,000 for the average working family this year or an extra $80 or so showing up in your paycheck each month and that tax relief package is a key reason that even with these higher prices economists and investors like w
but that it somehow happened because of his love for america. it doesn't happen. i saw him this weekend and what struck from the activists there, how much they were focused on this, his personal life. it's not just being talked about in media circles. activists on the ground were really aware of this. >> did they care that he cheated or more about the hypocrisy here? he was doing his -- his admitted wrongdoing happened at the time he was getting on the soap box and pointing the finger at bill clinton clinton for his wrongdoing. >> right. he says the emphasis was that clinton lied under oath and it was the lie he was outraged about but his comments weren't always focused right on the lie. the people i talked to, it's as if the entirety of the fact that he had three marriages, it appears there were a couple of affairs. and he did not treat his other wives -- he treated them badly in the way that the marriages broke up, beyond the obvious fact that he had the affairs were not so great, he became quite a cold guy. i have more of an emphasis on that than the clinton stuff. >> at this faith and freedo
evacuated after the cooling system failed. power warnings in south america, alaska and the entire u.s. west coastline. waves standing@least 3 feet high slammed hawaii where residents are evacuated from the low-lying coastal areas. the navy is marshalling forces in response to the disaster. the chief pentagon correspondent and joins us this morning how are they responding to this as we continue to watch the death toll rise and not knowing how widespread the waves may come >> we are told that the u.s. expects japan to ask for assistance from the military. the navy is not sitting around waiting for a formal request. they mobilized the ready groups that include the carriers and some 2,000 marines on the ships. quite frankly at least one of the ships, the uss blue ridge is in singapore started loading relief supplies on board in preparation for departure sometime tomorrow morning. this is enroute to japan. the uss tor tuga is loading uplanding craft that could be used to carry humanitarian relief and the marines on to shore where they are sorely needed. the uss ronald reagan group is only in tha
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jack jacobs, thank you. >> see you later. >>> the president's trip to south america, what he hopes to accomplish and what message from there on libya if any? we have a live report on that. >>> plus containing the fallout in japan. is the nuclear plant there too old to be safe? might the u.s. have the same potential problem? >>> and why police say they've solved the mystery behind a murder at a yoga shop. this is msnbc saturday. homeowners -- rates have been going up, but you can still refinance to a fixed rate as low as 4.75% at lendingtree.com. plus, get the best deal or we'll pay you $1,000. call lending tree at... today. >>> president obama's in brazil this morning on the first leg of the three-nation swing. the white house framing it as a mission to secure u.s. jobs but critics say it's bad timing given the situation in libya. chuck todd is nbc news white house correspondent and joins me live from the brazilian capital. what's on the agenda there today? >> reporter: well, today, alex, starts with a bilateral meeting with the new brazilian president, the first woman president of
to talk to the nation about america's role in libya, but what can he say to change the mind of his critics? >>> and they're the royal wedding cake bosses. we're going to show you what they're whipping together for will's and kate's big day. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." just past 9:00 a.m. on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. >>> we begin with confusion in japan over high radiation levels detected in the water at the troubled fukushima nuclear power plant. officials first said that radioactivity in the water at one of the units registered about 10 million times higher than normal, but within just this past hour, operators at the plant say the huge spike in those radiation levels was a mistake. let's go right to tokyo and nbc's lee cowan. so, lee, what's the latest you're hearing about this, and is there any way to sort out this confusion? >> reporter: it's confusing, isn't it, alex, at best. we just got off the phone with transnuclear safety agency, and they say they have talked to the owners of the plant, tepco, and they say those numbers just didn't
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, they are reminded that there are 104 nuclear power plants in america. does the situation in japan change your perspective at all about nuclear energy and its uses in america? >> i think it's just another wake-up call of the need for care since the threele mile island accident. the industry and regulators have been more attentive to safety questions. but that doesn't assure that we couldn't face unforeseen accident here. mercifully it would not be in the form of earthquakes and tsunamis. because the equipment failure and human error caused the three mile island accident. that's what our principal focus of concern has to be. >> president jimmy carter visited three mile island. what did that visit do to change perceptions about what took place there? >> it was very important. i feel grateful to president carter. he's a democrat and i'm a republican, but you put politics to the side when you deal with this kind of challenge. i was grateful he and mrs. carter came after the accident, toured the plant and helped reassure people that the situation was on its way to resolved. >> thanks for coming on.
and that includes environmental specialists from the u.n. and nuclear experts from america. south korea, france, and the u.k. are sending equipment and manpower. >>> now, in the aftermath of tsunami, if that wasn't bad enough, there was a near constant reminder of the potential threat that the grouped in japan is still shaking. more than 150 aftershocks have rocked that country since friday's massive quake. kenneth is japan business and finance correspondent for the economist, and welcome back, kenneth. we were talking yesterday. how did you figure the last 24 hours? how were the things in terms of shake, ralgs, and roll sf. >> it's not pleasant. we do what we can. we're feeling jitters. i felt one earlier this morning. i haven't felt the others, but, of course, the seismologists who study earthquakes are telling us that there's been about 200 since the first quake. we can't all perceive them, but not all in tokyo. if we do, we think if if it's the big one, and if not, we're okay. we have been told there's a 70% chance of a quake of a magnitude of 7 or higher. in fact, that's putting everyone a
off a three-nation tour of 4r59en america. both leaders expected to make comments in just an hour, a little more than that, from now. let's bring in nbc news without chief correspondent chuck todd traveling with the president and joins me live from brasilia, and i hope we have our connection hooked up better than the last couple of hour. with another good morning, chuck, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, alex. as you noted in the intro, the president right now is at the presidential palace here in brasilia. brazil's capital, and he is meeting with president dilma rousseff, the first woman president of brazil, only in office a few months. they're meet be about a lot of things, mostly about the economy. trying to strengthen economic ties. china has much more of a foothold here. you've heard of what's called the bric nations, the b-r-i-c, brazil, russia, india and china. rising economic powers that are challenging the united states and its influence on the economy. so that's the main reason for this trip. there are a lot of speculation that would give it everything that's
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states of america and he was beaming with pride, mr. president, the day you presided over my ceremony. sadly he passed away this past january but you know if he was still alive it would be one of his proudest moments to see his son named as the united states ambassador to his ancestral homeland. i'm going back to the birthplace of my grandfather, my father, my mom and her side of the family. and i'll be doing so as a devoted and passionate advocate for america, the country where i was born and raised. >>> good morning, i'm thomas roberts. great to have you with me. watching president obama nominating the commerce secretary gary locke as the next u.s. ambassador to china. if confirmed by the senate he would succeed john huntsman who has been toying with a potential presidential run against obama. locke is the first chinese-american commerce secretary and working to improve u.s. trade relations with beijing. >>> we check in with nbc's mike viqueira joining us live from the white house. interesting to watch the president talk about locke and his background, also being the grandson of a c
. gadhafi is retreating. the trip to brazil and latin america is very important for economic reasons. i don't think anybody can say what the president has done in libya has been anything short of brilliant. he's got the arab league behind him. the u.n. security council behind him on a no-fly zone. gadhafi blinked. this has worked as brilliantly as any international diplomatic effort by the united states in recent memory. >> joe, do you think this is the white house playing politics? listen to this one. "wall street journal" this morning, "if you are curious about where the most powerful man in universe stands on libya, radiation, a possible government shutdown, future of social security, rising oil prices, don't look to the white house. those issues are tough, those risk mistakes and those issues might mean unhappy voters and right now approval rating is what the white house cares about." is that weighing heavily here? >> i think so. if you look at the fact the white house is cautious where it stood on libya and cautious where it stood with egypt, they are clearly concerned about how the pr
the united states and the rest of the americas in this hemisphere, and latin america in particular. the relationship with brazil is good, not great. china, economically, is a huge foothold in this country, both in brazil and the region as a whole. so canceling or postponing would have been one of those slaps in the face that would have taken a lot of diplomatic repair work. so much so that if you believed that you can monitor this situation and the president had his chief of staff and national security adviser with him, this is three continents being coordinated, the hillary team on the ground in paris, the team at the white house, and in the situation room, and the folks traveling with the president here in south america. that they believe they can -- as they like to say, multitask, walk and chew gum at the same time. the long-term pain that it would have caused in the relationship between the united states and brazil and all of latin america would not seem worth it at this point. >> chief white house correspondent chuck todd following the president in brazil. thank you. i know yo
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of the role america needs to play in this kind of tragedy. take a listen. >> we're at a moment in time where obviously all of us are heartbroken and reminded of how american leadership is critical to our closest allies even if the allies themselves are economically advanced and powerful, there are moments we need ourselves, and we're bound together by a common humanity. >> mike viqueira is live at the white house for us. a serious tone by the president, usually a much more light-hearted type of event, and a lot have critical of the president wondering where he is when you talk about japan. >> reporter: the united states government is very mindful of the fact that the united states and japan have an extremely close relationship, obviously beginning with the some 35,000 military personnel who are based in japan on a permanent basis, having some personal experience? japan, working for a japanese broadcaster myself, i have to tell you there's a great sensitivity in the part of the japanese about american attitudes. you've seen the president go out of his way many times to praise the character an
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case for america's involvement, but can he convince his critics? >>> also ahead, false alarm. frightening moments for some workers at that troubled nuclear power plant in japan. what made them flee for their lives. >>> searching for spring. unseasonably cold weather puts a chill on the cherry blossoms and many areas of this country. >>> and summer breeze. why it might be a whole lot easier to find a summer job in twlechbt. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." let's get to what's happening right now beginning with new this morning. robert gates says the obama administration has no plans to remove gadhafi from power using military force. instead top u.s. officials are working diplomatic channels to try and push the dictator o. hiarcltoonme t a very clear message to gadhafi, but we're also sending a message to people around him. do you really want to be a pariah? do you really want to end up in the international criminal court? now is your time to get out of this and to help change the direction. >> mike viqueira, good sunday morning to you. >> r
. >> reporter: the 22-year-old here at home a year ago helping out as a driver in a charity effort, left america to look for more experiences. he was writing a blog about his adventures. it talks about school and life in spain. "it should be a fun night," he says. that was the evening he vanished. >> the friends decided to go into the discotech. it was a little late. he decided to go back home and he decided that he was going to walk home, and that was the last time that he was seen, heading north. >> reporter: he had been drinking and was on his own. he had been in spain for just a few months. "he was very calm, very sociable," one of his new spanish friends says. "no one has come to us with good clues or bad clues" says another. thousands have joined a facebook page as part of the effort to find him and a europe-wide police alert has been issued for the missing student. his dad says he will stay in spain for as long as it takes to find his son, a young man who left america for an adventure and whose family now just wants to know he is safe. and one particular mysterious aspect, alex, is that s
today. he and his family are leaving for a trip to latin america. is there any concern on the part of the white house about him being gone when things are so tense, not just with libya but also of course the situation in japan? >> reporter: that perhaps is part of the reason why we saw the president yesterday come out in the rose garden, talk about the situation, try to calm some fears about the radiation drifting over the pacific that you just reported on. we're going to see him today in a matter of two hours or less in the east room of the white house reacting from news from libya. this white house, every white house, contessa, they always talk about the fact that the president may be physically removed from this building but never really removed from the job with secure communications and top aides following him all around. there's no question, though, he's going to be hit by critics for taking this trip. >> mike viqueira at the white house. thank you. >>> let me bring in james rubin, former state department spokesperson for the clinton administration. speaking of the clinton ad
, as you know, his five-day trip to latin america. he arrived back on the south lawn yesterday afternoon. we do not expect to see him today, in public, although he does have that meeting with national security advisers, including vice president biden to discuss the ongoing situation in libya. the president has said days, not weeks before that handover. meanwhile, there is some arguing, some quibbling, some are calling it, between nato allies, european allies, including turkey, a majority muslim nation, over just who's going to be in control, what is going to be the political mechanism to guide this once the u.s. hands over the operational details and the operational command, contessa. >> and then you've got all this arguing over whether or not the president should have gone to congress. bane e i just did the history on this a couple of days ago. there is a long litany of presidents who have gone and taken military action without consulting congress. >> reporter: well, from ronald reagan, the military action in granada, to bush 41, the military action in panama, never mind a declaration o
as a possible outcome. >> okay. good to speak with you. thank you. >>> president obama's trip to latin america has become a balancing act requiring him to stay up to date on important issues domestically and abroad. the president is sticking to the schedule on his trip will you b but libya continues to be a priority. he's scheduled to speak at 1:40 eastern. nbc correspondent and host of "the daily rundown," savannah guthrie is here with us today. again, a good day to you. do we have an inkling of what the president is going to say a half haour or so from now? >> reporter: this speech is for the brizle the brazilian people. it's outreach to the street. it's an address to them. i don't expect him to talk about libya very much if at all. the president will talk about democratic movements in a general sense and he'll point to democr democratic transition that took place in this country. he'll touch on the subject in a general way. really this is a speech that's supposed to be about the braz brazilian people. this whole trip is a lot of relationship building. not just with brazil but of course he's
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. my big question today, is america asking for a mess by considering intervention in libya. i want to hear your thoughts on twitter or facebook. again, we are watching the progress of those two warships approaching libya. >>> police removed charlie sheen's twin sons from his home last night. his soon to be ex-wife brooke mueller got a temporary restraining order from sheen. the judge ordered that the sons be taken from him while the restraining order is in effect. jeff rossen interviewed him, and what kind of reaction did charlie sheen give to the fact that his sons were taken away by police officers. >> he said he is shocked. to this moment, he does not know where the children are, and he announced it on the "today" show, and he said, look, i have no idea where my kids are. he has two kids who are going to be 2 years old in a couple of weeks. cute boys. he said he was putting them to bed and he got a knock on the door and it was officers from los angeles and he handed them over without incident and charlie sheen said they didn't have car seats so he gave them his car seat, and in
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'll see you later. >> thank you. >>> president obama continues his trip through latin america today, but he's keeping a close eye on the events unfolding half a world away. he stuck to a tight schedule, building relations with brazilian president la russa and talking about why this operation is a necessary step for america. >> this is not an outcome that the united states or any of our partners sought. we are acting as part of a coalition that includes close allies and partners who are prepared to meet their responsibility to protect the people of libya and uphold the mandate of the international community. >> nbc white house correspondent savannah guthrie is live in rio de janeiro this morning. savannah, with a good morning to you, the president may physically be down there, but he's certainly keeping a close watch over the libyan situation in washington. we know secretary clinton was working very closely with french president sarkozy and other leaders. how often is president obama checking in and getting briefed? >> reporter: well, if yesterday is any example, it's very, very freq
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continues and threats of a government freeze has continued. joinmejan heten on a holmes, host of "america's morning news," also a speechwriter for the senate majority leader bill frist. welcome to both of you. jason, i'll start with you. what are the key points that are hanging up this budget agreement at this point? what are the real deal breakers for each side? >> well, look, i think at end of the day both sides need to find a resolution on what matters to them in terms of what their key priorities are. i think that the president certainly has stated what's important to him from a budget standpoint. i think congress has stated what's important to them. i think they have to find resolution and meet in the middle. i think that's been a challenge and will continue to be a big challenge until they clarify what their priorities are. >> it seems like they keep kicking the can down the road, obviously. april 8th is next day. amy, at this point in this can-kicking game, what are the real chances for a government shutdown? is anyone going to let that happen? is it in the political interest of an
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